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Old Jan 8, 2007, 11:13 AM   #1
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Hi guys and Gals

I've been asked by an Opera Soprano, to take some pics of her at a rehersal and the full blown Opera - I met her while she was busking on the subway. This has got me thinking about what lens i'll need for the show and if flash photography will be allowed. What would you recommend? I've got no idea of what size hall the main event will be in or with the rehersal and I'm assuming flash photography won;t be allowed. I've got the 50-200 in mind but without IS and in available light I'm not sure whether I'd be able to use it or justify splashing out £700.00 ($1400.00) and as PMA is just around the corner I'm hoping that Oly brings out a smaller version or even a 35-100 f2.8 (keep dreaming). would the 50mm f2 be worth picking up for the event or should I get a 50mm f1.8 Zukio from ebay? I'm waiting to hear back from the soprano to find out if she's got the ok for me to attend and take pics. I'll defintely be taking the FZ10 as a backup.


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Old Jan 8, 2007, 1:10 PM   #2
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why do i get the feeling the FZ10 in your hands will work out
I dont think flash is a permissible route, i could be wrong
it might also spoil some of the available colour

since opera isnt the most active pursuit, slow shutter is the order of the day
check out this thread over at Leica user, re EXIF's

http://www.leica-camera-user.com/dig...-fun-than.html

from all i know its pretty much available light stuff
keep your eye on the white balance
beware of too short a DoF
lens mm? well depends how close you get doesnt it

probably wont be able to shoot the OM lens at wide aperture anyway
it will be good at 2 stops up from wide open, have a look here

http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/oly-e/any-lens.html

you will also need the OM adapter

why not look at a Konica AR bayonet mount from ebay, they go dam cheap

http://www.camerapedia.org/wiki/Konica

http://hometown.aol.com/amfoto6/amfoto6_009.htm

check out the 40/1.8 and the 135/3.2

finaly, if in doubt, take everything

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Old Jan 10, 2007, 7:17 PM   #3
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I took this photo at a small recital hall with the 50-200mm Oly on a monopod. This is straight out of the camera, during the concert. I was behind the last row. During the rehearsal, they allowed me to use a flash and to move around the auditorium. Those photos were fine.
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Old Jan 10, 2007, 7:20 PM   #4
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This is the same photo with a quick run through Photoshop.
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Old Jan 13, 2007, 10:40 AM   #5
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Hi Pete

Thanks for posting the pics - they've helped me quiet a bit ie. I need a 50-200 or an old fast f2 prime. I'm not sure if amono pods going to be allowed and I've no idea where I'll be... most probably right at the back row liek yourself.
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I have the 50-200, but I'm on the verge of picking up (?) the 150mm f2.0 It's a lot of money, yes, but it gives an additional stop or so of shutter speed for low-light stage (or otherwise indoor) productions, which I shoot quite a bit.
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Hi Norm

I'd love to get the get one of the pro lenses - the 35-100 f2 would be ideal and for an opera even I can see the 150 f2 coming into its own but the prices for both lenses are a bit out of my league. I wish the 50-200 was either a constant f2.8 or had IS or that Oly/PanaLeica intro'd such a lens. Thats why I've been considering picking up an old prime f2 manual lens - Zukio, Nikkor or a Leica R Elmarit/Summricron.

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Old Jan 15, 2007, 12:55 PM   #8
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If you can get within about 50 feet I would imagine you would get good results with the 50mm f2. And it sounds like alot of the older primes won't be sharp enough wide open for digital anyway. I notied Pete's shot was actually taken at 50mm.

Also, if you go the new route, you might consider the Sigma 105mm f2.8. I see it's now in stock at B&H. Gets very good reviews on other mounts.


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Hi Ken

I'd completely forgot about the Sigma 105 f2.8 macro and now that you've mentioned it, what about the Sigma 150?

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Hey Harj,

That 105 was in stock at B&H when I posted that, it was out of stock again when I looked later that day. The 150 is still supposedly due for arrival this month.

You might be best off trying that OM 50 1.8 though. It looks like they are very cheap in the used market. I was thinking of this article, which suggests some of the slower primes are sharper, like the 24mm 2.8 rather than the 24mm f2.0, or similarly with the 28mm.

http://www.biofos.com/cornucop/omz_e1.html

But, the 50mm length seems to do a bit better.

At the longer tele lengths though, most of the bargains seem to be in the slower glass, like the 135mm f3.5 or the 200 f5.0 here:

http://stores.ebay.com/Jessops-Classic

But that won't help you much in low light. Do you already have the OM adaptor?


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